One of Northern Europe’s largest vegetable brands HAK to shut down entire production for six weeks because of energy costs

HAK, one of the largest vegetable brands in Northern Europe, is set to shut down the entire production for six weeks due to high energy costs, as reported on Monday, October 3.

Dutch vegetable and pulses company HAK is set to temporarily halt its production for six weeks from January due to energy costs, the company said on October 3.

“With current energy prices, it is not feasible to continue production in winter,” the company said.

“It’s not just the high price, but also the uncertainty,” said managing director Timo Hoogeboom.

“Today it is two euros for a cubic metre of gas, it has also been three euros at times. What it will be in January or February we don’t know. So to be on the safe side, we will stay closed then.”

According to Hoogeboom, HAK products will be on the shelves though as the company will plan the break when the harvest season is already over.

“Products like pulses are more flexible to plan,” HAK said.

Due to the energy crisis, HAK, who takes vegetables from the fields during the harvest season and then preserves them in glass jars to preserve them, said the heating required for the process consumes a lot of energy.

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